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UBV photometric system

(Johnson System, Johnson-Morgan System)
(commonly-cited photometric system for describing stars' colors)

The UBV photometric system, also called the Johnson system or Johnson-Morgan system, is an early well-accepted photometric system and is the system to be assumed if no other system is specified or implied.

It specifies U, B, and V bands, in turn, specifying specific B-V and U-B color indices. Magnitudes are calibrated as zero for A0 V stars unaffected by reddening.

The UBVRI photometric system, i.e., Johnson-Cousins system is an extension with red and infrared passbands, R band and I band.

The UBVI photometric system uses the B, V, R, and I from the UBVRI system, but typically with a narrower U band from a system by Thuan and Gunn.


Referenced by:
color index
I band
photometric system
Strömgren photometric system
Vega system